Course Title: Rights, Recognition and Social Justice

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Rights, Recognition and Social Justice

Credit Points: 12


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

HWSS2208

City Campus

Postgraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Sharlene Nipperess

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2944

Course Coordinator Email: sharlene.nipperess@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 8.7.21


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

This is a second year course in the Master of Social Work You should have successfully passed first year courses:

HWSS2049 Critical Social Work , HWSS2111 Casework, Counselling and Advocacy, HWSS 2209 Ethical, legal and organisational contexts of social work practice and HWSS 2213 Group and Community Work Strategies
HWSS2206 Field Education 1, HWSS2211 Discourses of Care, Control and Protection and HUSO2079 Research Strategies

before you do this course


Course Description

This course takes as a starting point the contested concepts of culture, race, ethnicity, difference and diversity and considers the ways in which they are deployed in social work practice. It explores the key issues and debates surrounding questions of cultural difference and recognition in relation to a number of vulnerable groups in contemporary society and the ways in which social work has resisted or accommodated difference in practice.

Drawing on key policy instruments such as the UN Declaration of Human Rights and associated covenants, the UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, legislative tools and professional mandates the course critically examines the context for the achievement of recognition, the exercise of rights and the professional ambition to contribute to social justice. It examines the principles of culturally responsive practice, cross cultural practice, human rights promotion within statutory contexts and decolonising methodologies of practice. This course aims to develop skills in working with all clients in culturally sensitive and anti-oppressive ways.
 


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Differentiate between competing notions of social justice and evaluate their application in practice
  • Analyse the implications and applications of rights based anti-oppressive practice for a range of vulnerable populations
  • Analyse the limitations on the exercise of rights and identify strategies to promote rights and recognition of individuals, groups and communities.
  • Critically evaluate competing constructions of issues of cultural difference and diversity in social work theory and practice

You will be assessed on your development of the following program learning outcomes in this course:

  • Apply specialist social work knowledge and skills to understanding and responding to contemporary social disadvantage, oppression and marginalisation, recognising the fundamentally political nature of social suffering
  • Critically analyse theories informing social work practice and the contemporary policy context to develop an evidence base for ethical professional practice
  • Theorise and develop interventions that address the social structural and political levels through which poverty and inequality are generated and critically assess policies and programs developed to address disadvantage
  • Engage in practice which acknowledges the fundamentally multicultural nature of contemporary societies and acknowledges the unique position of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, seeking to promote the rights of these groups


1. Critically evaluate competing constructions of issues of cultural difference and diversity in social work theory and practice
2. Differentiate between competing notions of social justice and evaluate their application in practice
3. Understand the limitations on the exercise of rights and be able to identify strategies to promote rights and recognition of individuals, groups and communities.
4. Consider the implications and applications of rights based anti-oppressive practice for a range of vulnerable populations


Overview of Learning Activities

You will be engaged in learning that involves a range of activities both face to face and online such as lectures, tutorials, group and class discussion, group activities and individual research.


Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.
A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer, including books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.
 


Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes.

Assessment may include reports, audits, position papers, presentations, individually and in groups. Assessment will cover both theoretical and practical aspects of your learning. You will be able to develop your work in relation to your own specific areas of interest in your professional practice.

  • Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.
  • If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.
  • A student charter http://www.rmit.edu.au/about/studentcharter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.
  • Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: http://www.rmit.edu.au/policies/academic#assessment